Expenses, expenses… and the Best Carrot Salad Ever!

It’s been sort of a very expensive week for me…

First off, I am the proud new owner of a brand new one of these!

Except mine will be white and I won’t be getting it for another 5 weeks, but I still had to leave a deposit for them to order it, you know…

And now, the more I look at it, the more I think it looks quite nice in blue also, maybe I should’ve went with the blue one instead.

You see, I’ve been driving the same truck for the last 10 years and while I really appreciate my truck, it’s just plain silly of me to keep on driving it. I must be doing well over 600 clicks a week and this thing is costing me a fortune in gaz. In fact, it won’t be costing me more money to drive a brand new car than it is costing me now to drive my faithful old “Charlie”. Yeah. I name my cars. Which reminds me… I have to find a name for the new guy.

Well, I have plenty of time to think about it, don’t I? ;)

Then, for some obscure reason that I can’t seem to find a logical explanation for, it appears that my kitchen is getting way too small and I am running out of space where to put all my stuff… So I desperately needed to get a new cabinet to put all my “gear” away.

I went to IKEA and got me this sweet little [too expensive] cabinet, which set me back another handful of dollars. And hey, since I was there and was gonna have more room to put all my stuff, I grabbed a few things along the way… ;)

Check this out! All this for $65! I was a happy camper! :D

Dishware purchased at IKEA

Allright, better get busy with this cabinet if I’m gonna get it done today…

So many pieces, and that box one of two!

Cabinet in the making

Wow, I’m a bit overwhelmed. Look at all this hardware! And that is bag one of two!

Thank goodness the instructions are clear... NOT!!!

Scattered Hardware in preparation to make cabinet

Well, 5 hours later, the cabinet is up! Notice how it’s already FULL?

Great! Now I’m gonna need another one… I did buy this little what they call sofa table to put beside the cabinet, but somehow, I don’t think it’s going to work out, so I might have to bring that back and get another cabinet instead.

Seeing that the first one was put to such good use, I think that another one like that would be more useful!

What do you think?

Cabinet Done and FULL

Oh, and while at IKEA, I was a bad girl and had one of these (see the guilt? small image!) It had been well over a year since I’d indulged in a piece of that delicious pie and I decided that I would allow myself that little treat.


Besides, I knew I was gonna have a very light and healthy but oh so yummy supper! For real, no word of a lie, best carrot salad I ever had. For some reason, I had been craving that all week, and I couldn’t wait for Friday to come so I would finally get to enjoy my carrot salad!

A bowl of carrot salad

Call me crazy, but I got a bit carried away while making it and started adding all sorts of dried fruits and nuts, namely raisins, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, pecans…

Then I saw IT. The secret ingredient that simply MADE that salad. Shredded coconut, of the unsweetened kind, of course!


You have to try this. Have to!

Here’s the recipe.

You will need it. ;)

Simply The Best Carrot Salad Ever!

Yield: Serves 1

Calories per serving: 432

Macros per serving: Carbs 51g | Fat 23g | Protein 8g

Simply The Best Carrot Salad Ever!


  • 2-4 carrots, depending on size, grated (no need to peel them!)
  • 20g raisins
  • 20g dried cranberries
  • 10g pumpkin seeds
  • 10g chopped pecans
  • 10g chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened grated coconut
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard


  1. Add all ingredients through white wine vinegar to a large a mixing bowl. Set aside
  2. In a separate bowl, add vinegar, honey, salt, pepper and Dijon mustard. Blend until well combined. Pour over reserved salad and stir well.
  3. Transfer to serving bowl and garnish with more pumpkin seeds, chopped parsley and grated coconut, if desired.

Carrot Salad

Carrot Salad

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  1. says

    That looks so delicious and about all I can face eating in this unbearable heat, no cooking, no way! I love Ikea too, I’ve got those ramekins you bought, I use them a lot for individual crumbles, so cute!!

    • says

      It’s been pretty hot here also and I have been in the mood for a lot of fresh things also. BBQ or salads is pretty much the way to go these days. I love the little ramequins and can’t wait to use them. I’m always so excited when I get new kitchen gear, it puts my mind in “creation” mode. :)

  2. Cindy Sherrill says

    Congrats on the NEW car. I think the new one should be a girl, You’ve gone form a truck to a car and it will have new smells, be shiiny and will get better mileage. You go girl!

    • says

      Thanks Cindy! Funny, I was thinking the same thing… that new car should be a girl. Tiny, cute, classy, elegant, feminine… Definitely all girly attributes! ;)

      I think her name will be Carla. And white she will be! :D

  3. says

    That carrot salad looks so good! So fresh and flavorful! I love ikea… all the little stuff they sell as well as the furniture, but yeah, I don’t like putting it together so much, haha.

    • says

      Thanks Liz! You have to give them credit for making instructions booklets that can be deciphered by anyone on the planet, though. Pictogram galore! It does take a while to really figure it out, but it gets the job done.

  4. says

    Congrats on the new car! And you got some great buys from Ikea! I wish I lived closer to any stores like that. And that cabinet looks really great! Love Ikea. And great job putting it together, those things can be so confusing :D
    Your carrot salad looks great. The carrot salads I’ve seen are mostly mayo and carrots and kind of gross. This looks really good, especially the coconut in there!

    • says

      Thanks Heidi! That cabinet took forever to put together, especially it was SUPER hot and humid and I was all alone… I agree that most carrot salads have loads of mayonnaise in them, or worse, that disgusting white salad dressing stuff (sorry, can’t stand it!) This version is really light and refreshing and super satisfying! I think I’m gonna have repeats on that one pretty soon! ;)

  5. says

    Super delicious!! This carrot salad is just the kind of thing I love to eat all the time, anything crunch and fresh with added dried fruit and nuts = perfect food!! Love that you added coconut too, yum!

  6. Jessica says

    I made this salad tonight for dinner, and it was amazing! So refreshing on a hot summer day, and I bet it’s going to be even better left over (if it lasts that long!!!)

    I don’t know if it’s just that the carrots I used were enormous, but I needed to make the dressing twice, I couldn’t taste it at all when measured like the recipe, so I more than doubled it.

    • says

      Funny you should mention that, Jessica. I was looking at the recipe just this week and thought to myself that my carrots must’ve been really small for me to use 4 of them that day. I tend to choose my carrots on the small side, I just think they taste better! I’m guessing what I need to do is bring that carrot count down to 2-3 medium size carrots.

      Of course, making double the dressing will always work too! ;)

      Next time I make it, I’ll actually measure the amount of grated carrots that I’m using.

      Thanks a bunch for your great feedback! I truly appreciate that. And glad you liked the salad too! :)


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